One child is Sam Robbins, a powder monkey aboard HMS Victory, the ship in which Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The other is Molly Jennings, an English girl transplanted from London to the United States in 2006, fighting a battle of her own against loss and loneliness.
While there are obvious connections between these two characters, the more you read, the more you want to know just why their lives would be connected. In the end, while I suspected what was coming, no matter how impr ...more
This extraordinary book tells the tale of two very similar children who are both going through a difficult time in their life. However the twist to this story is that they both live centuries apart. Two children cross an ocean, two hundred years apart. One is Sam Robbins, a farm boy who was kidnapped and forced to serve abroad H.M.S. Victory, the ship in which Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The other is Molly Jennings, a present-day ...more
I liked Sam and all, but I do say that he deserved everything that came to ...more
December 2, 2014
Periods 3 and 4
Review for Victory, WARNING SPOILERS!
The story of this book starts out in the home of the father and mother of Sam Robbins. He, after leaving with his uncle to go to London, begins to work in the dockyards of south London. After working there for a couple of weeks, Sam and his Uncle are forced into the Royal Navy. After he have been serving the Navy for almost two years, Sam Robbins is caught in the most famous naval battle of the 19th ...more
Molly is a thirteen year old girl who has just moved to American from England, in 2006. She misses England very much. She finds a book in a bookstore and starts to have dreams about what happened to Sam Robbins.
I enjoyed the book, it was an easy and fast read. Learned so ...more
Meanwhile 100 years in to the future, an 11 year old girl is facing her own battles ...more
One story follows the adventures and hardships of Sam, a young boy living in England in the early 1800's who is drafted into the British navy to fight against Napoleon. He serves aboard Admiral Nelson's famed ship, the HMS Victory.
The other story tells us about Molly, ...more
I picked it up, mistaking this line, "Two lives across an ocean, two hundred years apart..." to mean it was an historically based time-travel romance. All the things I love best! The fact that it was not such a book should have disappointed me deeply, but seeing as I was charmed regardless, I know this is a worthy read.
History came alive. I was so captivated by the descriptions of life on board Lord Nelson's ship. So much so, that a tour of the HMS Victory has no ...more
It shocked me quite a bit when Molly's great great great etc. grandfather was part of the battle of trafalgar... especially as important as he was. It was probably such a surprise as the smallest possible things at the beginning of the book all link to it!! Anyway, i will let you read the book to find out yourself :)
Story is told in two parts, one in the present day and one from the past.
Sam is only 11 when he is pressed into the British Navy. He is assigned to HMS Victory, the flagship in the British Navy. Admiral Horatio Nelson is his leader. Sam's life is difficult but he soon grows to love the sea and sailing. The story gives great detail about sailing during the early 1800s.
The other main character in the story is Molly, a modern day English girl who has been transplanted to th ...more
My boys wished that I could skip the current day child's story, to stick to the adventure of another day, but they were rewarded by seeing the connection.
Cooper holds the interest of contemporary readers by contrasting 11-year-old Molly in Connecticut in 2006, recently uprooted from her home in England, with Sam, uprooted from his hom ...more
However, a fine book if you are hankering for more of a young boy sailing the high seas on a British warship. (This comment is for those who love the Jacky Faber books: you will be sailing on the Victory, Lord Nelson's flagship!). Historical details abound, such ...more
1803-1805 HMS Victory / 2006 CT & England. The story alternates between two 11 year olds: Molly who is adjusting to her mother's remarriage and the family's move from London to the United States and Sam Robbins a English country boy who was impressed into the Royal Navy and is serving aboard the HMS Victory. Molly finds a book about Admiral Nelson and an inscription in the book made by a descendant of someone who served with him. Sam is present at the Battle of Trafalgar and wi ...more
This book is about a girl who has moved to america (after her mother re-marries) and she finds this book about Nelson in an old bookstore, she later finds a scrap of the 'hms victory's' flag in the front cover.The story switches between 2 points of view, molly's and sam's.
Sam was farm boy who was taken from his home a ...more
Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap ...more